Any property owner has the right to appeal their assessment in the tax year.
Taxes cannot be appealed, as they are a budget process
Assessments of other properties are not acceptable as evidence of value
You are appealing the total assessment. The land and improvement components cannot be individually appealed
There is a presumption of correctness in regard to the present assessment. The property owner appealing the assessment must, through the presentation of sufficient evidence of true market value, overcome this presumption to achieve a change in assessment
Actions You Need to Take
Read booklet "Understanding Property Assessment Appeals" available from the Assessor's Office
Appeal must be filed on or before April 1 of the current tax year, with service to the Tax Board, Municipal Assessor and Municipal Clerk.
Use blue or black ink when completing the appeal form
Be sure all information is legible and complete and that you enter your last name
Include filing fee with submission to tax Board (see schedule of fees within booklet)
Be sure to sign and date the appeal and certification
A separate appeal must be filed for each taxed property
While the sale of the property under appeal is evidential, the true market value should be supported by a minimum of 3 and a maximum of 5 comparable sales
The comparable sales that you submit as evidence of true market value must support the valuation of your property as of October 1 of the year prior to the year being appealed. (Generally if you are appealing your 2010 assessments, you need 2009 sales)
An appeal form, instructions and all municipal sales data is readily available in the Assessor's Office.